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Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa Pages

Help on Official Documents / Newspaper clippings / Information's


For the studies on the Overland Mail i like to request the help of fellow philatelist. On this Pages will list documents i would like to have as good quality copy. Some of the documents i have already in my archive but in a quality which does not allow uploading it here.
I will share copies of Documents i have in my archive so i appreciate some sort of reproducible contribution.

Also information where such documents copies could be found is of interest.

If you can/will help, please contact me by Email.

Here my "Want / Nice to have" list. Needless to say, also any original item, not only documents is of interested, Newspaper clippings, memorabilia is of interest and everything which is related to the Postal History of the Overlaid Mail Baghdad-Haifa is of interest and i appreciate any offer.

Copy of UPU Circular No. 4854/157, dated 15 June 1925 needed.

Overland Mail Surcharge imposed by British Post: While it is known that the surcharge of 3d. was implemented on 23 November 1923, the last day this surcharge was required is not known to me. Who can provide these details, preferable proven by scans of the respective Postal announcement? The latest cover (franked with 8 1/2d registered rate, in my collection is dated 9 April 1932.

Iraq Report for 1929 H.S.M.O. reported in 1929 that 10 European Countries, including UK, USA and Switzerland have abolished Overland Mail Surcharges. Which countries were this?


Despite long and intensive research, there are still numerous questions related to the Overland Mail though the Syro/Iraqi Desert which i like to have solved and published here. Maybe some readers can help solving these mysteries.


To be added later

Period 1923-1948

Question 1: I wonder how/where Mail intended to be carried by the Overland Mail, Airmail or by ordinary mail transported by ship via Basrah was sorted in Iraq? Was it pre-sorted in Mosul, Basrah and Baghdad and maybe other larger post offices and sent in closed mail bags to Baghdad where the complete bags were directly handed over to Overland Mail / Airmail etc. or were all individual postal articles sent to Baghdad where it was sorted and put into individual mail bags and handed over to the respective mail carriers?

Question 2: How Overland Mail was sent by Western Area Postal Administrations to Syria/Lebanon/Palestine for onward transportation by the Overland Mail? I am aware of Mail Bag Tags from UK and Switzerland but nothing similar has been found so far from other Postal administrations.

Question 3:  Were there any official Postal Notifications about the end of the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa or did it ended just quietly?